Russia and Costa Rica "humor"

Russia in planning to expand its military presence into other areas including Latin America. As bad as this may sound, it is certainly not unique to Russia.

First, Merco Press has an article about Russia's plans:

Russia is planning to expand its permanent military presence outside its borders by placing military bases or seeking permission for navy ships to use ports in a number of foreign countries, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday. The list includes Vietnam, Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, the Seychelles, Singapore and several other countries

Then we have the humor piece from Inside Costa Rica titled Russia may set up a military base in Nicaragua, and Costa Rica isn’t happy. So far, so good. Then we get to CR government humor.

[Foreign Minister Enrique] Castillo said that the installation of such a military base would alter the region by superimposing the presence of a world power in Central America, adding that the establishment of such a base could not be called part of the effort to fight drug trafficking.

Apparently FM Castillo has never been to Honduras or Panama nor El Salvador, Guatemala or Nicaragua during the 1980s. Or even noticed, for example, who finances Costa Rica's OIJ.

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Strange Bedfellows

A Russian military presence in Nicaragua would go a long way toward perpetuating the status quo in Nicaragua, helping to insure Ortega's position in perpetuity.

The Chinese presence will also go a long way towards insuring Ortega's rule: they won't want anything to disrupt the canal construction process, such as looking at some of the environmental considerations.

Putin has made significant efforts to rebuild Russia's conventional military capability, using the revenue from high oil prices over the last decade. In a word, he's just a lot smarter than BHO.. We've struggled with a leaderless government for six years now, our economy and our position in the world reflect that lack of leadership.

The fat lady hasn't sung yet; a Chinese canal hasn't happened yet. It could still be a Russian dig . . . .-or no dig at all.

If foreign troops are to

If foreign troops are to re-garrison Nica, the people should be consulted as to which country they would like them to be from. Russia, China, Cuba, Costa Rica,Canada, Venezuela.... who would they choose?

I would vote for Canada....they are the USA but play baseball and soccer, have dollars, and folks can practice English